Piggyback is an “Asian inspired” restaurant from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s one of the best dining options within walking distance of Penn Station. They serve things like lumpia, lamb rendang, and a big bowl of medai crudo with grapfruit and crispy bits of pork, and - whatever you go with - you should start your meal with a pair of curry puffs. They’re flaky, crispy, and packed with well-seasoned beef. Grab some dinner here before or after a show at the Garden, or stop by for a drink and a snack with a friend. The space has mural-covered walls and a big bar up front, and the soundtrack includes everything from hip hop to disco.
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Very Fresh Noodles
Very Fresh Noodles is a great spot for Chinese hand-pulled noodles in Chelsea Market.
Empire Diner has opened and closed a few times over the years, but now it’s a sleek Southern-inspired restaurant in the same vintage space.
Zizi is a Middle Eastern spot in Chelsea that’s a great option for weekday lunch or any type of casual dinner.
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Eim Khao Mun Kai
There’s only one thing at the menu at Eim Khao Mun Kai: a Thai version of Hainanese chicken. It comes with a side of broth, and it’s very good.
Chao Thai is a tiny cash-only spot in Elmhurst with exceptional salads that tend to have a good amount of heat.
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